Pictured: Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen (Australia) at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Photo Credit: Badminton Photo
Today (Thursday 23 July 2020) marks the One-Year-to-Go milestone before the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, due to be held in 2021.
On this day, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is bringing together everyone who embodies the values of the Olympic Games and celebrates solidarity and unity in diversity during these difficult times #StrongerTogether
Six time Oceania women’s singles champion and Rio 2016 Olympian, Hsuan-Yu Wendy Chen (Australia) joins Badminton Oceania to celebrate the #StrongerTogether campaign as she reflects on previous experiences and continues preparations for next years’ Games.
Talking of her experience at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Wendy says:
“Everything about the Olympics was special. It truly promoted unity in diversity. Not only was I able to meet many athletes from different countries, but also to watch different sports in action – it was awesome.
“Other than competing, the most memorable moments for me included watching the 100 metre sprints. It was very different watching it live than on TV. I also really wanted to watch women’s rugby sevens, but there weren’t any tickets available”
The IOC pride themselves on equality and celebrate diversity across all areas.
“Diversity is an important factor and it is apparent as you walk around the Games Village and even in the dining hall. You are surrounded by all walks of life with lots of food cusines to pick from too – like South African, Asian, Greek…”
Currently living in Queensland, Wendy is celebrating a healthy return to the badminton court in an Australian state which has allowed their athletes to return to a normal training routine.
Before qualifying for next year’s Games, Wendy Chen hopes to seize the opportunity to extend her legacy as Continental Champion at the VICTOR Oceania Championships 2021, which was today announced to take place at North Harbour, New Zealand.
Join the celebrations by telling us about your favourite Olympic memories which champion solidarity and unity in diversity using the hashtag #StrongerTogether